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Costa Fortuna
by Alenushka
Western Mediterranean
August 21, 2005

Let me first start by telling everyone that is planning this trip =>> Make sure that your connecting flights from US to Savona or any other connecting city is at least a few hours apart. Mine was only 35 min and I missed it because we spent 45 min on the runway in New York's JFK airport due to traffic.

Please take a small carry on with all the necessary toiletries and 2-3 days worth of underwear/clothing change in case they lose your luggage. Mine was lost due the AlItalia's negligence and I did not get it until Barcelona (6 days later).
The lost luggage assistance is very poor (no proper tel numbers or contacts on board or on land) and there is nothing to buy on board to help.

Costa Cruises do not offer anything except for a small survival kit (toothpaste, toothbrush and shampoo). Laundry is free, but what do you wear while they are washing it?

The Carnival corp. has purchased Costa Cruises and you can feel it right away.
The food is very average and the service is just ok.

The Costa Fortuna ship itself is big and nice, however the décor is dizzying. Typical of Carnival's luck of taste and limit.

The cabin #9205 (suites class S) on the 9th deck is very nice, and not expensive if 3 people are sharing it. It is spacious and very clean.

Early sitting dinner starts at 7-7:30PM and does not end till 9PM.
Late sitting dinner is too late starts at 9:30PM.

The crowd is mostly middle class Italians, French and Spanish, only a few Americans.
Everyone pushes into elevators and there is no consideration for space or people.
Very strange behaviors regarding other passengers, children are everywhere, even if it's specified that it be for adults only.

Smoking is allowed everywhere except for the theater. There are non-smoking sections, but the air-conditioning is not working at all and it is very hot and stuffy everywhere.

The cruises excursions are nice and worth the money, not the dinner and show, but the history and the city's sight seeing tours.

The nightly shows are very primitive and uninteresting.

The music in all lounges is very nice and there is lots of dancing going on everywhere.

I do not recommend any Carnival cruises here in USA or Europe, very poor standards even for the money.